Ark. death row inmates amend execution lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Nine death row inmates challenging Arkansas' new lethal injection law have amended their lawsuit against the state.

The inmates filed a modified complaint on Friday that asks a judge to declare that the Arkansas Department of Correction can't use a 2013 execution law to put them to death, but instead must follow a 1983 law.

The amended complaint says the nine prisoners involved in the lawsuit were convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death when the 1983 law was in effect.

The laws differ on the drugs to be used in lethal injections.

The death row inmates' attorneys declined comment on Monday. A spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Correction referred questions to the attorney general's office, but a spokesman there didn't respond to phone messages or an email.

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